Saturday, November 29, 2008


Thanksgiving was not the same for me this year. I had to work. I think it might be the first Thanksgiving that I really worked (not just been on-call) in 7yrs. I think that is a pretty good track record for a nurse. However, when I thought that I might get to be on-call for half the shift, I was excited. At least I would get spend some time with my family during the day. Unfortunately I ended up working about 10 of my 12hrs (with a short escape to the house around lunch time). We were incredibly busy. By the end of the day we had discharged 11 patients (10 of which were mine) and only had 6 patients left. Then yesterday work called and asked if I could come help for a couple of hours - what? - I just left that place and cleared out most of the patients. They had 2 patients in labor and several other admissions throughout the night. So the sucker that I am, went in for a couple hours to help.
All in all I still got to eat the fabulous thanksgiving meal cooked by everyone else (Jared even made the sweet potato casserole that I was supposed to make - so yummy!) and we spent some time with Jared's family eating left overs yesterday. Not an ideal thanksgiving - but I'll take what I can get. I am truly thankful for my family. My family is my world!!!
I don't have any pictures of thanksgiving this year b/c I wasn't there, but here are some other pictures from recently.

Eli with his cowboy hat on - he put it on and wore it for half the day yesterday
The boys in their Utah Utes shirts - who won their last game last Sat, making them 12-0 for the season. My brother plays for the team - this is his first year. They will be playing in one of the big BCS bowl games this year.
Eli actually watching the TV. He doesn't watch much, but it was the night of Utah's game and he heard me talking to the TV, saying 'Go, Go ,Go'. So he stood in front of the TV yelling 'Go, Go, Go' and clapping his hands. Future football player - maybe!?!?!

I did not attempt to go shopping yesterday, even though I am sure I missed out on many good deals. I can not deal with the craziness of the shoppers the day after Thanksgiving. Besides I am already 90% done with my Christmas shopping. We will be putting up our tree today and willingly listening to Christmas music (I don't think the radio stations should be allowed to play Christmas music until after Thanksgiving).
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are looking forward to the Christmas season and remembering why it is we celebrate Christmas.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Can you do this????

Little kids amaze me with their flexibility. Eli does this all the time. He leans over and puts his head on the floor and just stays that way for a few minutes. Recently he has seen the boys doing somersaults and he so badly wants to do one too. That is why he is grabbing his legs in this picture - trying to force them over I guess.

Here is a picture I thought I would share too - Eli wants to do everything that his big brothers do. He has now started laying down next to Adley in the mornings to watch TV.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Boys Birthdays!

Recently we celebrated Adley's 4th birthday and this coming week is Aidan's 6th birthday. On Saturday we let Adley open his present from Grandma Laurie as well as a birthday card from Great Grandma Bird. We went to Bounceville in the morning. Here are some pictures:

Birthday boy

Eli making a basket with a little help from daddy
After Bounceville we went to Lowe's to get more stuff for the bathroom remodel we are currently working on - it should be done today - we are still waiting on cabinet doors though so I will post pictures when it is finished. We loaded a double vanity sink top and a medicine cabinet into our van. Some days I think our van looks like one of those clown cars - when the clowns and stuff just keep coming out of it. It can sure hold a lot. Anyway we ate lunch at Chick-Fil-A by request of Adley. Then on to the grocery store to get stuff to make the cake and the lasagna we would be having for dinner on Sunday. We tricked Aidan in to trying out a few bikes for us, I later went and purchased the bike for him for his birthday.
On Sunday we had Jared's entire family over for the boys birthday party. We had lasagna, bread and salad for dinner, and of course cake and ice cream for dessert. This year I made an Indiana Jones cake for the boys - the scene when the boulder is chasing Indy down. The boys loved it. The boys got a lot of fun toys and games - thanks everyone.

Opening presents
Aidan and his new bike
We told him his present was in the garage - it took him a little bit to notice it. Not a great picture but the only one I got.

Indiana Jones cake

Blowing out candles

Here is a random picture of Eli being goofy. I was folding laundry and he took a pair of the boys underwear and put it on his head.

So tomorrow is Aidan's official birthday. The boys and I will go to his school to eat lunch with him. He has a few more presents to open and we will probably go out for ice cream for dessert.
It still amazes me that Jared and I have a 6 yr old, a 4 yr old, an almost 2yr old and are about to have our 4th boy and we have only been married 7yrs. Crazy!

Sunday, November 2, 2008


So for Halloween this year we did what we do every year. We dressed the kids up (after quickly finishing their costumes 15 min after we were supposed to leave) and took them to the church for the annual 'Trunk or Treat'. Upon arriving to the church here is the conversation from the van:
Aidan (aka Batman): "Mommy I don't think I want to take my Batarangs in to the church, I think I will just leave them in the car."
Me (to Aidan): "What, I just finished making those and that is why we are late,"
Adley (aka Pirate): "Yeah I don't think I want to carry my sword"
Me (to Adley): "What, I just finished spray painting that an hour ago and daddy put it together"
Me ( to Jared): "Why do I even bother?"

Some days I do wonder why I even bother with things like that. I would have been happy to not make those little parts of their costumes. It would have been less stressful for me and maybe we would have arrived on time. Maybe I do it out of fear - fear of the next tantrum, complaint or whine - I actually did put my foot down while I was taping up Aidan's batman batarangs - he actually wanted 3 instead of 2 - why did he care how many I was making if he wasn't going to use them anyway. Well even if they didn't use the parts of the costume that I made the way that I would have wanted them to, I made them because they wanted them, because they smiled when I gave it to them and because I love them, I guess that's why I bother. (I did however convince them (or guilt) them in to taking them inside the church).

We arrived at the church, late for entering the chili contest - bummer! We actually won two years ago, since then though our recipe has been lacking and we are always modifying it to be better.
The kids played, had a few bites of chili and salad and ate way too much candy.
We did the 'trunk or treat'; I must say I do like this way of trick or treating - it is quick and easy and I am not home answering my doorbell half the night or worried about what strangers house my kids are getting candy from.
I can't wait for the bowl to be empty. I am already so tired of being asked 'Can we have a treat?" Plus, all of this candy lingering around is not so good for my pregnant figure.
Here are the pictures:

Batman, Pirate, Frog